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Whistler Blackcomb Resort Reviews

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Whistler Blackcomb Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort

Whistler Blackcomb Ratings

Overall: 4.1. Based on 198 votes and 165 reviews. Vote

Access: 3.8

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Whistler Blackcomb.

Public Transport: 4.0

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Whistler Blackcomb, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Scenery: 4.5

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Accommodation: 4.4

(1) No places to stay in/near Whistler Blackcomb, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.2

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.8

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Whistler Blackcomb.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.5

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 4.0

(1) There are no child care facilities at Whistler Blackcomb, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowsure: 4.2

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Whistler Blackcomb is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Snowmaking: 3.9

(1) Whistler Blackcomb relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.0

(1) There are no snow groomers at Whistler Blackcomb, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Whistler Blackcomb are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.9

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Whistler Blackcomb is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 2.5

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Whistler Blackcomb, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.2

(1) Whistler Blackcomb usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.3

(1) The staff at Whistler Blackcomb are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Whistler Blackcomb are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 2.8

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.5

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.6

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Variety of pistes: 4.6

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Whistler Blackcomb has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Beginners: 4.3

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.6

(1) No intermediate terrain at Whistler Blackcomb, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.7

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 4.5

(1) Not even a kicker at Whistler Blackcomb, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Off-piste: 4.3

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Cross-country: 4.2

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Whistler Blackcomb, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.9

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Whistler Blackcomb has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.2

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.5

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 4.5

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 4.3

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 4.3

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 4.3

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 3.4

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.4

(1) Overall, Whistler Blackcomb is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 3.5

(1) Overall, Whistler Blackcomb is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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January 04, 2020
PBR from Ski Canada Canada
It seems as if every year the gondolas are breaking down more and more. While we had little snow in December, Vail has cut back on its grooming ie: Creekside and lower Franzes had more than enough snow by Christmas to make a track out. Vail is cutting corners and it's not the same experience
February 18, 2019
Sean McInnis from Ski Canada Canada
To Whistler/Blackcomb Customer Service, I write this letter to tell you what a big disappointment your resort has been. I live in Vancouver and have my extended family of 7 out visiting for the Christmas holidays. They are all ski instructors in Quebec and skiing is part of their life. The only thing they wanted to do while visiting BC is ski at Whistler/Blackcomb for a day. They brought all their equipment out from Quebec and on December 27/2018 we all headed up to Whistler in 3 vehicles. We arrived at the parking lot at 9:00am, bought all our parking tickets which all together was $30.00 then headed to Whistler village. Because my family are all instructors (ACA & CSIA) we had to buy our tickets at the ticket booth at the base of the ski hills. The line was extremely long when we arrived but we thought it would move fairly quickly. We waited in line until 11:15am and had only moved ¾ of the way. With the cost of skiing at your mountain ($178/adult, $151/youth) we soon realized that we would only be skiing 2 or possibly 3 hours by the time we actually got to the booth and bought our tickets. We all agreed that it was not going to be worth it at that point. I will say that you had some very unhappy customers at that point. We made a group decision that we would give up our place in line and go for lunch at Longhorn but it sure made everyone upset that we would not be skiing the day like we had all been planning for the last 6 months. Once we had all finished lunch and were going to head back to our vehicles to head home we looked at the line and we saw people that we had been in line with who were still waiting to get a day pass. I am a local person and have been skiing Whistler and Blackcomb for the last 15 years and I have never had an issue like I had yesterday. Being that there is new ownership I feel that it is very important that you are aware when you don’t meet your customer’s expectations and you sure made 8 peoples' experience of Whistler and Blackcomb a bad one.
March 05, 2019
Steve from Ski Australia Australia
I echo another reviewers comment. We skied at Whistler yesterday for the first time since the 90's. We arrived fairly late (10am) and queued for tickets at 10:30am. The line wasn't very long but moved very slowly and I didn't get to the counter until 11am which seemed a ridiculous wait for 10:30am on a Monday.
April 18, 2012
IslandDoc from Ski Canada Canada
Whistler is awesome. As someone who has work and family commitments, not to mention living on the island it is so worth the 5hrs travel I spend to ride mountain. If you think the lift lines are bad here for it's size you should ride some places where the mountain is 1/8th the size with lines just as bad. Don't trash the mountain because you're brilliant vacation idea was ruined because 10 thousand other Americans also had the same brilliant idea... "fools seldom differ!" If you have the skill level for it head over to the Amphitheatre first thing in the morning. If it's not open due to a fresh dump ride Harmony until it does. Once it starts to get busy head over to Blackcomb and ride the Glacier or 7th Heaven expresses. Lakeside bowl is fabulous and the glades on lower panorama never get boring. If you're starting late don't start on Whistler, every vacationing family always go to Whistler but Blackcomb is just as good, if not better! If you have kids who can only run greens take them up to 7th Heaven anyway, run the Green line to 7th Ave or the Expressway and down Sunset Blvd, it'll take you 30-45 mins for sure and it's a great experience for the little ones. Some of the blues up top are not even that bad. My son (7) and niece (10) were riding the panorama run without even realizing it was a blue until I told them afterwards. Gave them a lot of confidence when they realized some blues are really just slightly harder greens!
November 29, 2010
Wendelin from Ski Germany Germany
Cement for snow, quite often rain, some of the highest priced lift tickets in the world, the ambience and charm of a used car lot? There is much better value to be found somewhere else.
January 01, 2020
Keryn from Ski Australia Australia
We have visited Whistler every year for the past 7 and sadly this will be our last. The village is beautiful but since Vail took over its vale to Whistler. The grooming is pathetic, there is not enough man-made snow on the lower runs, even on Blackcomb coming down to the gondola it’s like skiing in Australia over patches of grass. And don’t try and blame the weather because it’s been snowing since we arrived, so you could have made an effort to improve with man-made snow but you haven’t bothered. With only a third of runs open, it’s a rip off. Way too expensive. Vale to Whistler. We will be giving our $30k we spend each year on our ski holiday to Japan next year.
March 09, 2015
Paul from Ski Canada Canada
I was there yesterday. Excellent on-piste spring skiing, mild temps, clear and sunny, and out of this world mountain views. Get up early, get up high, and you can carve smooth buttery turns on groomed runs. The off-piste surface is firm in many places, but sunnier aspects are ok. If you do venture off trail, choose your line carefully as some spots are difficult to hold an edge. I'm not going to sugar coat it. West of the rockies, it's been an absolutely brutal winter in terms of the low snowpack. The worst long time residents have seen in many years. That said, Whistler has a very good snowmaking system, and they've done a fine job employing it to maintain the skiing to the village. The alpine zone still has a healthy snowpack and good skiing. You can still have a great time up there carving groomers, terrain park, and taking in the views and sunshine.
February 17, 2013
Charles Kosina from Ski Australia Australia
I first skied Whistler in 1991. Then after a long gap I was here in mid Feb 2011. The snow that month was fantastic, and we had mostly sunshine during the day and temperatures in the valley never got above 0C, mostly -5C whilst on the peak we had down to -27C. But don't expect this all the time. I am writing this on 16 Feb 2013 and this is the first of my 12 days here. After a great Nov/Dec there have been only light falls for the last 6 weeks. The base is around 180 cms. So what are conditions like? Being an Australian skier, by our standards it is still excellent skiing. You can ski top to bottom, with some powder near the summit, but still quite nice skiing right down the bottom. This is President's week so lift lines can be long. The wait at the base gondola today was 13 minutes, and up to 7 minutes at some others. But some lifts I skied straight on. The Symphony bowl was superb and no lift lines in the afternoon. Picking the right lifts at the right times, and using the Singles line helps a lot. There are pluses and minuses at all resorts. I have skied at Vail, Aspen, Park City/Deer Valley, Snowbird, Copper Mountain, Mammoth Mountain and in New Zealand: Cardrona and Treble Cone and in Australia: Hotham, Falls Creek, Buller and Thredbo. But for me Whistler is by far the best in terrain, facilites and the scenery at the top is stunning. I will update this towards the end of my stay here and see if my opinion has changed.
February 18, 2020
BC Skier from Ski Canada Canada
I've been a season pass or Edge card holder for over 20 years but this is it for me and my family. Long lines, lifts not working, alpine area rarely open or open late in the morning (I know it's been a challenging snow season, but there is some fundamental flaw when moderate snow and seasonal temperatures shut down operations), decline in food quality and increase in price mean that the value is not there for us anymore, even though we live just over an hour from the hill. We're going to spend our ski dollars on a trip to the Interior to ski for half the price on mountains with no crowds and more reliable snow.
February 20, 2009
Josh Robertson from Ski Canada Canada
Straight up, I think this place (Whistler) is the awful. Even with one of the worst snow years yet the park is legit right now and it's common to be 'Whistler - Vegas' on snow.